Credit Where Credit’s Due

From the New York Times:

But this year, some Roman Catholic leaders and theologians are asking why so many of those who call themselves “pro-life” have been silent, or even opposed, when it comes to controlling the guns that have been used to kill and injure millions of Americans.

More than 60 Catholic priests, nuns, scholars and two former ambassadors to the Vatican sent a letter this week saying that if marchers and politicians truly want to defend life they should support “common-sense reforms to address the epidemic of gun violence in our nation.”

“Pro-choice” and “pro-life” are only rhetorical lines drawn in the abortion debate. That might change in the near future, as Planned Parenthood plans to stop using the pro-choice label. As long as these terms are still out there, though, the pro-life people should be consistent. The Times quotes a couple of people who say the Catholic Church teaches “the sanctity of life from conception to natural death”. So obviously, that same sanctity of life should apply when it comes to magazine size and assault weapons, right?

People calling themselves pro-life should be held to that term, up to and including supporting gun laws that make another tragedy on the scale of Newtown less likely. Good on the people in the church trying to make that happen.

Author: James Brotheridge

Contributing Editor with Prairie Dog.

3 thoughts on “Credit Where Credit’s Due”

  1. They’ll just say pro-gun is pro-life in that “responsible gun owners” and “law-abiding citizens” rely on guns to preserve life against those who want to take it away (the paranoid, uber-warped defense); plus, “pro-gun” isn’t necessarily “gun-loving” but “freedom-loving” in that defending the right to bear any and all arms imaginable is all about loving “freedom” rather than loving guns. So good luck, they can talk around this one forever.

  2. It really helps, in understanding social values and changes, to read history. For a long time, Catholics in the US were discriminated against, and at times actively persecuted, because it was believed that they had divided loyalties: that is, they owed allegiance to a “foreign sovereign” – the Pope. Because of this canard, American Catholics were pressed to be just as American, if not more so, than the average. There were very few Catholic conscientious objectors during the two world wars or Korea, and the anti-Communism of the 1930s-1960s provided Catholics with yet another way to wrap themselves in the flag. It wasn’t until the civil rights movement, the Kennedy presidency, and the Viet Nam war that some Catholics, lay, clerical and religious (referring to non-clerical orders) began to diverge from the gung-ho and to understand that morally based dissent did not make them less loyal to their country. The same evolution is going to have to take place to broaden the concept of pro-life to include action to prevent gun violence. It’ll be trickier, because of the Second Amendment, but American Catholics have the credibility to step up now, which they wouldn’t have had in, say, the notoriously lawless and violent 1920s.

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